Supreme Court to deliver verdict on Abu Salem's plea today

New Delhi, Aug 5 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Monday deliver its verdict on gangster Abu Salem's plea to quash trials against him in the wake of Portugal top court's decision to terminate his extradition to India.

Salem had filed the application after the Portugal Supreme Court upheld the order of a lower court there, terminating his extradition after it concluded that India had violated the deportation rules in Salem's case.

A bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam had reserved the verdict on July 9, saying it would pass the order after considering the CBI's submission that the agency was willing to withdraw certain charges against Salem under the TADA and the Explosive Substances Act.

Attorney General GE Vahanwati had said government was committed to its assurance given to the Portuguese court and sought the apex court's permission to drop the additional charges framed against Salem by the trial court.

The agency sought withdrawal of charges under section 5 and 6 of TADA and sections 4(b) and 5 of the Explosive Substances Act.

Salem was arrested in Lisbon in 2002 along with his girlfriend, actor Monica Bedi, for travelling with fake passports. He was extradited from Portugal three years later for his alleged role in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. (ANI)


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